Can a DUI Bar Me from the Global Entry Program?

Global Entry is a program created by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The program makes it a lot easier for frequent travelers to travel to and from the United States by expediting clearance for low-risk travelers who have been pre-approved.

When members of the Global Entry program enter the United States, they are able to enter through automatic kiosks that are located at specific airports, which include but are not limited to the following:

  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
  • Austin – Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
  • Boston – Logan International Airport
  • Chicago Midway International Airport
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport
  • Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport
  • John Wayne Airport
  • Kansas City International Airport
  • Los Angeles International Airport
  • Ontario International Airport
  • Salt Lake City International Airport

When a Global Entry program member arrives at one of the select airports, he or she presents a machine-readable passport or their Green Card at a Global Entry kiosk. Then, the program member’s fingerprints are scanned for verification, and they complete the customs declaration from there. The traveler receives a transaction receipt from the kiosk and he or she heads straight to baggage claim.


To participate in the Global Entry program, a traveler must be pre-approved and they have to pass a rigorous background check. They also have to have an in-person interview. If you become a Global Entry member, you may lose your eligibility for participating in the program if you lie on the application, if you are convicted of any criminal offense, have a warrant out for your arrest, or have pending criminal charges – this includes driving under the influence.

Related: Can a DUI Stop Me From Getting a U.S. Passport?

Are you facing DUI charges in Orange County? If you are a member of the Global Entry program and you are a frequent traveler, your DUI case will most likely affect your status as an active member. To learn more and to fight your DUI charges, contact the firm today.

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